Young Dancers' Débuts

On April 20, three young performers from the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will make their very first appearance in The Nutcracker, a faerie ballet with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, libretto by Marius Petipa (based on a story by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann and edited by Vasili Vainonen), and choreography by Vasili Vainonen.

Yesterday's choreographic school students, who are just preparing to play major solo parts at their theatre, will get their first chance to fully display their brilliant and unique creativity during The Nutcracker show, which has been specially revised for the 45th anniversary season. Akim Volynsky, a paragon among ballet critics, once noted, 'The score of The Nutcracker does not have a single rhythm, a single beat, that cannot flow into dance'. Santa Kachanova will make her début in the Snowflake Waltz, known for its very specific rhythm. And while watching the Grand Divertissement, a suite of distinctive and quirky dances, the audience will catch their first glimpse of Nuriya Kartamysova, who will appear in the humorous Chinese Dance, noted for its original use of instruments, and watch Alina Prokhorova take part in the Classical Trio, also known as the Dance of the Shepherds. We hope that, enthused by the magical ambience of the enchanting Land of Sweets and the entrancing sounds of Tchaikovsky's music, the young dancers will let their creative potential fully blossom. May these future stars of Russian ballet have a successful début!

The show will take place at the Lensoviet Palace of Culture and will be accompanied by Saint-Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Vladimir Artemyev).